rallylaconiasignMore than 4,000 people gathered at the State House in Concord yesterday to protest the NH House Budget. Nearly 200 people from Monadnock region joined the rally, asking representatives to reinstate much-needed funds to provide critical services for people with disabilities. Family members, individuals, agency staff, professionals and community members were all on hand to make their voices heard.

The State House lawn was filled with a sea of people of all ages and abilities, many with colorful signs bearing poignant or pointed messages to lawmakers, all to rally against proposed budget cuts that would deeply affect many. The solidarity among residents was clear as ordinary people, representatives of human services, healthcare, education, fire and police unions gathered peacefully and listened to the speakers. One sign simply said, "We all need a little help sometimes, " and another, "Hell No - We Won't Go -  To Siberia or Back To Laconia."  NH Cares website has a slideshow of photos from the event.

As expected, the Budget (with cuts) was passed yesterday by the House in a 243-124 vote. The Budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.